Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!

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Terminal Boredom: Stories
Izumi Suzuki
A counterculture icon finally translated in English. While submitting work to sci-fi magazines in the late 60s-70s, Suzuki worked as a hostess in Tokyo, a pink film actress, a nude model, and an avant-garde theater troupe member. Surreal, punk, queer, and introspective, Suzuki's prescient stories are extremely relevant to today --Anna
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Under the Spell: A Novel
Benjamin Hedin
A novel that forces us to question how much of a person, even those closest to us, remains obscure, Under the Spell reveals the astonishing, transformative power of grief. This compelling study in bereavement joins classics such as Don DeLillo's The Body Artist and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.
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White Magic
Elissa Washuta
A journey of self-discovery and truth akin to Dale Cooper's in the Black Lodge. Washuta's genre-defying book layers research, memoir, and pop culture essays. She writes about the historic and ongoing violence against Indigenous peoples and their lands, as well as her history of abusive exes and struggles with mental illness. -recommended by Anna
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Are You Enjoying?
Mira Sethi
A vibrant, cinematic debut. Every character and story conveys a different facet of contemporary Pakistan, and is perhaps the best book of fiction I've read that focuses on one country. Soap opera actresses, radicalized college students, and queer artists inhabit this immersive, moving collection that both exposes and explores. --Anna staff pick
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Let The Record Show
A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993
Sarah Schulman
Twenty years in the making, Sarah Schulman's LET THE RECORD SHOW is the most comprehensive political history ever assembled of ACT UP and American AIDS activism -Staff Recommended by Ryan
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(Lilith's Brood, 1)
Octavia E. Butler
Butler's most unusual work. Featuring aliens, a post apocalypse earth, ruminations on gender, sex, and identity. The first of the 3 part Lilith's brood series, Butler indulges in classic tropes of the genre, while also deconstructing them to tell a very personal tale. --Recommend by Daven
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Double Trio: Tej Bet, So's Notice, Nerve Church
Nathaniel Mackey
This collection in three beautiful volumes corresponds to John Coltrane's Meditations and rises to the level of that great work. Over 35 years of careful composition at the apex of American poetry, or any poetry. --Recommended by Solomon
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The Twilight Zone: A Novel
Nona Fernández
Fernandez's brilliant book is a hybrid of fiction and history that takes place during the height of Pinochet's dictatorship of Chile and frighteningly conveys the idea of how violence in society has the ability to transport us to a whole other reality. --Recommended by Josiah
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Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018
Daniel Borzutzky
This is the most intense book in this room. Borzutzky's method of confronting state-sponsored violence and hate is to address it in the most heartbreakingly clear language as possible. Don't look away. --Recommended by Chris
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Detransition, Baby: A Novel
Torrey Peters
--Recommended by Ryan
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The Prophets
Robert Jones Jr.
--Recommended by Paul
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A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole
The protagonist in this cult-classic is a hilarious Don Quixote-type hotdog seller named Ignatius, one of the most memorable characters in American literature. You will end up quoting him --Staff Picked by Don
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Milk Blood Heat
Dantiel W Moniz
--Recommended by Paul
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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
--Recommended by Paul

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